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Henderson police chief placed on administrative leave

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Henderson Police Chief LaTesha Watson has been placed on administrative leave until further notice, the city announced Thursday.

No reason was given was given for the action. Deputy Police Chief Thedrick Andres will step into the role of acting police chief.

“City Manager Richard Derrick has the utmost confidence in the department’s leadership and Henderson will continue to be one of America’s safest cities thanks to the many fine officers and civilians that work at the Henderson Police Department,” city spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said in a statement.

Watson, whose annual salary is $190,000, will be paid while on leave, according to her supervisor, Bristol Ellington, deputy city manager and chief operating officer for Henderson. Ellington said he was not at liberty to discuss the situation further.

“Dealing with personnel matters, it’s very difficult to get into,” he said.

Watson, who was sworn in as chief in November 2017, was brought in as an outsider and reformer after her predecessor, Patrick Moers, was ousted amid a sexual harassment investigation. Before joining Henderson police, Watson was deputy chief at the Arlington Police Department in Texas.

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